Ireland

Ireland is a popular tourist destination for many reasons - there are plenty of established historic traditions which are exciting and its love of Guinness is well-known. Travellers particularly fall in love with the people of Ireland and their unique accent. Hospitality in Ireland is counted among the greatest virtues, dating from the Celtic times when anyone not offering the traveller food or drink was considered shameful, and the country is now legendary for the friendliness of its people. Hospitality finds its institution in the local pub - the centre of social life. Even the smallest towns have numerous pubs and none of them are ever empty. The Irish keep their easy-going attitude to life and they never seem to rush or worry - in Ireland time is the greatest luxury.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

The peak months of the tourist season are July and August, so consider visiting in May, June or September if you can. The weather is likely to be at least as good and hotels are less busy. Spring flowers are at their best in April and May, and October offers many arts festivals. Winter days have their own sort of atmosphere but darkness falls early, and many sites and attractions are closed, as are a lot of the hotels in holiday areas. You can have magnificent beaches like Rosses Point near Sligo Town all to yourself, but it may be too cold to swim

Featured Ireland Journeys

Private5 days, from €5,122
Belmond Grand Hibernian: Legends and Loughs

Discover the most memorable sights of the Republic of Ireland on this four-night journey, taking in a whiskey distillery, the celebrated Blarney Castle, the spectacular Lakes of Killarney, breathtaking Connemara National Park and charming Galway.

Private5 days, from €5,122
Private8 days, from AU$12,385
Southern Ireland

Ireland is a popular tourist destination for many reasons - there are plenty of established historic traditions which are exciting and its love of Guinness is well-known.

Private8 days, from AU$12,385
Group of 2412 days, from US$6,495
Connections Boutique Group Journeys - Scotland & Ireland: Stories and Legends (2018)

In Scotland, explore Edinburgh's hilltop castle, tour coastal St. Andrews, and venture to the Highlands; In Ireland, discover Dublin, Blarney Castle, Killarney National Park and the majestic Cliffs of Moher.

Group12 days, from US$6,495
Private7 days, from €7,297
Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland

Ancient legends, inspiring natural beauty and vibrant cities

Private7 days, from €7,297

Accommodation

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian is Ireland’s first ever luxury touring train, lifting travel in the Emerald Isle to dazzling new heights.

Shannon Princess

​The ten passenger Shannon Princess is the largest hotel barge cruising the River Shannon.

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